Jair Cabrera identified as Salt River police officer shot, killed during traffic stop

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - Authorities have identified a Valley police officer who was shot and killed early Saturday.

Jair Cabrera, 37, died after he was shot during an early morning traffic stop in Scottsdale.

According to Salt River police, the officer was making a traffic stop near the Chevron gas station on Pima and Chaparral roads in Scottsdale around 3 a.m. During the stop, shots were fired at Cabrera by one of the suspects in the car. A bullet went through the officer's windshield, striking him.

The officer was taken to an area hospital, where he died from his injuries.

The FBI said three suspects were in the car at the time of shooting. All three suspects are now in custody.

Officials said the suspect who shot Cabrera will face federal charges.

Mary Choudry, a homeless woman who lives out of her car with her 14-year old daughter, was parked in the nearby Walmart at the time of shooting and recalled seeing one of the suspects running near them after the shooting.

“He was running towards a Walmart and hid behind a brick wall,” said Choudry. “First thing I noticed is he didn't have any shoes on, so I thought that was really strange. So we just started observing him and then we realized he must have something to do with what happened so we kind of kept our eyes on him.

Salt River Police Chief Patrick Melvin said Cabrera had been a member of the department for seven years.

"He loved this community and protected it well," Melvin said.

Cabrera is survived by his father, mother, brother and his girlfriend.

An account has been established at Wells Fargo bank under the name Jair Cabrera Memorial Fund.

Condolences and cards can also be sent to 10005 E. Osborn, Scottsdale, AZ 85256.

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